I had a great first week back at work. I can't believe how quickly the time goes by. I LOVE being part-time. I LOVE my job and the people I work with. I LOVE having my mornings with the kids! It's fantastic! I am so lucky to work a job that allows me to do this. A big thank you to both Nana and Grandma for their help and efforts with our kids. The only reason I can even handle the idea of working is because I know my kids are in the best possible care. You two are amazing.
On my way home from work on Friday, I was rear-ended by an Audi A4. The Escape is not in good shape. You can see it on our Picasa web album: //picasaweb.google.com/macspo/February2011#. I am grateful to be here to take care of my kids, especially Kate, and forever thankful that they were not in the car. As I sat in my car after the accident and took the whole event in, I had a chance to compute what had happened. The Escape took a huge impact and I was pushed across two lanes of on-coming traffic. It was a miracle I wasn't hit by an on-coming car. As I said to the awesome tow truck driver, I needed to survive this accident in order to take care of my disabled daughter. My life feels so...significant? Validated? I don't know what the word is, but I realized in that moment that I've never wanted to live and be alive more than I did right then and there.
Anyway, Kate continues to do well with her forward movement on her tummy. I know she's doing things that would take a neuro-typical child only days to learn. She is probably still months and months away from a full crawl, but the fact she has the desire to move makes the world of difference! She is trying so hard and I know she'll figure it out. As a fellow Angel mom once told me, things will happen for Kate. She's just on Angel time instead of regular time. I think that's finally OK with me.
My last comment for today is something that bothered me when I was at Walmart this weekend. I was standing in line, reading the magazine covers (which I LOVE to do). One of the tabloids, I think it was STAR, caught my eye. I know the STAR is not reliable at all, but it's cover this week is about Brad and Angelina's twins or as the magazine called them: "Down Syndrome Twins". It showed Angelina on the cover with 2 small shots of the twins, completely blurry, and looking super tired. This bothers me on several levels:
1. As a scientist, I know the odds of FRATERNAL twins having Down Syndrome (exceptionally low). It is super unlikely that these twins have DS.
2. As a mom, I am pissed that a bad picture resulted in this cover.
3. As a mom of a special needs child, I am insulted and hurt.
I hope Brad and Angelina sue the pants off that magazine. This kind of stuff should not be published in such a terrible way.
Have a wonderful Valentines Day! I am excited to share heart day with my favourite people.
Kelly is Kate's devoted, caring, Type-A mom. Kelly is a high school physics teacher who earned her masters degree in neuroscience from McMaster University in 2003.